Here is a roundup of free museum days Indianapolis families can enjoy this year, including picks with always-free admission!
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Muncie Children's Museum Free Saturdays
Free Days third Saturdays
Beth Wood: The Muncie Children's Museum offers free days on the third Saturday of each month. Explore, create and discover throughout MCM's 18 interactive, hands-on exhibits!
Indiana State Police Museum
Always free admission
Dawn R: The Indianapolis State Police Museum always offers free admission. The ISP presents the past and present of the Indiana State Police and its connection with the community. Kids will have fun exploring this museum as they see different uniforms worn over the years, a police car from 1938 and a mask worn by John Dillinger.
Conner Prairie Free Days
Free Days MLK Day, Presidents' Day & Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Erin P.: Conner Prairie is an interactive history park that offers free days three times each year. You can enjoy this outdoor and indoor museum for free on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Presidents' Day and Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Always free to walk the steps
Dawn R: It is always free to walk the steps of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Walk up 330 steps (or take the elevator for a small fee) to the Observation Level to see an all around view of the city from 275 feet up. Access to the tower stairs is restricted when outside temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Always free admission
Dawn Denning: The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust – Allison Branch always offers free admission. This meseum includes an extensive collection of power products made by Rolls-Royce and U.S. predecessor Allison Engine Company.
Children's Museum of Indianapolis Free Days
Free Days MLK Day, Presidents' Day, Fiesta de la Familia & Christmas Eve
Beth Wood: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis offers free days four times each year as well as discounted admission from 4-8pm on the first Thursday of each month. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis features five floors of exhibits and interactive learning activities in the arts, world cultures, sciences and humanities.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Free Admission Mondays
Free Days first Mondays
Dawn R: The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library has free days on the first Monday of each month. Former author and Indianapolis native, Kurt Vonnegut took a sarcastic approach to writing and is remembered for this witty sense of humor. Visitors can see an old-fashioned typewriter used by Vonnegut and learn how the famed author fought against censorship.
Newfields Free First Thursday
Advanced ticketing is required
Free Days first Thursdays
Beth Wood: Newfields offers free days on the first Thursday of every month. See inspiring works of art in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, stroll through lush gardens, and discover a 100-acre nature park.
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